Robert (Bob) Kokoruda passed away on September 15, 2013. He was born in Helena, MT to Mike and Ruth Kokoruda on December 10, 1938. As a young child, Bob and his brother were put into a Catholic Orphanage until his mom later remarried and his step-father took them in.
In 1956 he graduated from high school and immediately enlisted into the USAF where he served for eight years until being honorably discharged in 1964. During that time he traveled to both coasts of the U.S. and went overseas to Africa.
In 1962 he married Anna G. Clark in Loveland, CO. Shortly after, they were stationed at Wright Patterson Air force Base in Ohio where their first bundle of joy, James Alvin, was born in 1963. After being discharged they moved to Loveland and then Fort Collins, CO where Bob worked for All Appliance Service as a repairman. In 1967 they moved to LaSalle, Colorado and in 1970 Rick(y) Alan was born.
In 1972 Bob became a Christian. In 1977 Bob accepted his calling into ministry and packed the family up and moved to Sioux Falls, SD to attend college. In 1979 they moved to Omaha, NE to continue his education at Grace College of Bible and received his Bachelors Degree. He then became ordained and preached at Bethel Baptist Church in Valley, NE.
Bob enjoyed many opportunities to minister in the years following. Included in this time he worked at Open Door Mission from 1979-1987 as a Saturday speaker, then Chaplain and finally, Mission Director. In 1987 Bob and Anna moved to western Nebraska where Bob took on dual pastoral duties at Bethel Baptist Church and Evergreen Union Church, while also ministering at various care facilities and camp programs. In 1990 they moved to Longmont, CO to pursue master and doctorate degrees in Biblical Theology. While there he participated in pulpit supply, teaching Bible studies and singing.
In 2000 they moved to St. Peter, MN to be closer to their children. In 2003 they moved to Nicollet, MN. While in Nicollet, they attended Grace Baptist Church in Mankato. Bob retired in 2008 from Creation Inc. while continuing to serve in various aspects of ministry. Until finally, after a two year battle with cancer, he receive his final reward, to sit at the feet of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.